America's Victory: The Heroic Story of a Team of Ordinary Americans -- And How They Won the Greatest Yacht Race Ever

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Sheridan House, Inc., Apr 1, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 148 pages
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The America's Cup is the oldest international trophy in competitive sports, yet few know the inspirational story of the dedicated seamen behind the original historic race. In 1850, a brilliant young boat designer struck a terrible deal with the New York Yacht Club: he would attempt to build them the world's fastest boat, but he would receive no payment unless the vessel emerged victorious at The Great Exhibition in England. With its revolutionary design and striking beauty, the yacht AMERICA would have to beat fourteen of the best boats that Britain the world's greatest maritime nation could bring to the line. It seemed an impossible task. Yet AMERICA's small, unlikely team of humble, hardworking men faced the might and arrogance not only of their British competitors, but also their own backers, and achieved the unthinkable.
 

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Contents

Two TRAGIC Loss
10
FOUR THE COMMODORES PRIDE
27
Six DECISION
45
EIGHT TILTED ODDS
66
NINE QUIET DEPARTURE
82
TEN To OPEN SEA
97
ELEVEN TURN OF SPEED
110
THIRTEEN STAYING THE COURSE
130
FOURTEEN WELCOME LANDFALL
141
SIXTEEN RELUCTANT RIVALS
162
EIGHTEEN FEVERISH ANTICIPATION
187
TWENTY WINDS OF VICTORY
207
Afterword
217
Requiem
233
Bibliography
251
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David W. Shaw is a frequent contributor to many sailing magazines and the author of The Sea Shall Embrace Them, Inland Passage, Daring the Sea, and Flying Cloud. He lives in Westfield, NJ, and sails his cutter in Maine.

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